Freelancer Membership

What is  a Freelancer Membership?

Individual Membership and Freelancer membership categories cost the same and share the same benefits; however the Freelancer Membership has been created for individuals who ideally have been audited and opt to be placed onto our portal. The Portal can be viewed by agencies and in-house teams who are looking to employ freelancers on a project or long term basis. The PRCA has created a formal relationship with PR freelancers so that PRCA members can be certain that they are hiring people that are competent in the services they provide and in professional behaviour. By appearing on our freelancer portal, these individuals are searchable according to capabilities and can be found by potential employers.

CMS

Freelancers are encouraged to complete CMS (Communications Management Standard) which they can do through our external auditors.  By completing CMS which is an audit of PR excellence and professionalism, a level of credibility and industry standard can be assumed. CMS also encourages professional development a key focus for our individuals.

Freelance CMS Example Audit

The PRCA Freelancer Portal

 The Freelancer Portal is an initiative from the PRCA, specifically designed for PR professionals who work as freelancers. It matches freelancers to agencies and in house teams who need ad hoc or on-going support.


More and more people are choosing to work as freelancers for their own clients as well as for their previous employer - this includes agencies. The PRCA received many requests from consultancy members to create a  relationship with PR freelancers.

If you have any questions, please email Hazel Pelling - hazel.pelling@prca.org.uk or call our team on 020 7233 6026.

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Fee Income
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  • This field should only be completed by the individual with responsibility for your company's PRCA membership.
  • NB - Once you check the box to the left of this field and click update this figure is fixed for the entire year.
  • Fee income is defined as fees or income arising from time spent on carrying out public relations consultancy work plus any mark up and any handling charges or profits made on disbursement or expenses.
  • This figure
    1. will be used to calculate your membership subscription fee for 2009
    2. will be published on the PRCA website and in the yearbook.
  • This figure must include the fees from any subsidiary companies but not associated companies (see below).
  • If you are bound by Sarbanes-Oxley please select that accordingly, we will contact you individually about your fee income.
Holders of public office
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  • Please list any employees who hold any public office including members of House of Parliament, members of local authorities or of any statutory organisations or bodies who are full- or part part-time directors, partners, staff, special advisers or consultants retained by the consultancy
Subsidiary companies
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  • These companies are entitled to the same benefits as other PRCA members, they must abide by the PRCA Professional Charter and Codes of Conduct and their fee income must be included in the fee income field above.
Associated companies
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  • These companies are not included in your membership and as such do not benefit from PRCA member benefits. These companies are not covered by the PRCA professional charter.
Current clients
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The clients listed in this section are those which retain a consultancy on a continuing basis to deal with their public relations either in a specialised area or as a whole. One asterisk (*) against a client's name indicates that the consultancy has been retained by that client for three years; two asterisks (**) indicate that it has been retained for at least five years. Clients served on an ad-hoc basis are listed separately.

Adhoc clients
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Clients for whom you have undertaken work in the last twelve months on a project rather than a retained basis

Conflict of interest clients
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NB This will not appear as a separate list in the yearbook.